History-appendix – SAMS


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  • Appendix 1: Chairmen/Presidents
  • Appendix 2: Secretaries/Treasurers/Financial Managers
  • Appendix 3: Editors / Assistant Editors of Notices
  • Appendix 4: SAMS Awards
  • Appendix 5: Distinguished Visitors
  • Appendix 6: Venues of Annual Congresses
  • Appendix 7: A Selection of Membership Numbers
  • Appendix 8: The 2004 SAMS Mission Statement and Constitution
  • Appendix 9: Editorial Policy of SAMS
  • Appendix 10: Election of Council Members
  • Appendix 11 : Attendance register AGM, 1963, CSIR, Pretoria

Appendix 1: Chairmen/Presidents


Oct 1959 – Oct 1961 JM Hyslop
July 1957 – Oct 1959 JH van der Merwe
Oct 1961 – Oct 1963 AP Burger
Oct 1963 – Oct 1965 HJ Schutte
Oct 1963 – Oct 1965 AP Burger
Oct 1965 – Oct 1967 H Rund
Oct 1967 – Oct 1969 KO Househam
Oct 1969 – Oct 1971 JH van der Merwe
Oct 1971 – Oct 1973 HJ Schutte
Oct 1973 – Oct 1975 AP Burger
Oct 1975 – Oct 1977 HSP Grässer
Oct 1977 – Oct 1979 GJ Hauptfleisch
Oct 1979 – Oct 1981 DH Jacobson
Oct 1981 – Nov 1983 KA Hardie
Nov 1983 – Oct 1984 N Sauer


Oct 1984 – Oct 1985 N Sauer
Oct 1985 – Oct 1986 DH Martin
Oct 1986 – Nov 1987 APJ van der Walt
Nov 1987 – Nov 1988 J Swart
Nov 1988 – Oct 1989 RI Becker
Oct 1989 – Oct 1990 JJ Grobler
Oct 1990 – Oct 1991 AR Meijer
Oct 1991 – Oct 1993 WJ Kotzé
Oct 1993 – Oct 1995 CH Brink
Oct 1995 – June 1997 N Sauer
Jun 1997 – July 1999 J Persens
Jul 1999 – Nov 2001 TG Schultz
Nov 2001 – Nov 2003 E Brüning
Nov 2003 – Nov 2007 NT Bishop
Nov 2007 – H Siweya

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Appendix 2: Secretaries/Treasurers/Financial Managers


July1957 – Oct 1962 J van der Mark

Oct 1962 – Jun 1963 PJ Zietsman


Jun 1963 – Oct 1967 LD Nel

Oct 1967 – Oct 1971 HSP Grässer

Oct 1971 – Oct 1975 NJH Heideman

Oct 1975 – Oct 1977 SJR Vorster

Oct 1977 – Oct 1979 P van Eldik

Oct 1979 – Oct 1981 DP Laurie

Oct 1981 – Nov 1983 N Ridley

Nov 1983 – Oct 1985 MJ Schoeman

Oct 1985 – Nov 1988 B Kok

Nov 1988 – Oct 1989 BD Reddy

Oct 1989 – Oct 1992 J Spoelstra

Oct 1992 – Oct 1993 AR Meijer

Oct 1993 – Oct 1995 IW Alderton

Oct 1995 – July 1999 G Geldenhuys

July 1999 – Nov 2003 MS Maharaj

Nov 2003 – Nov 2007 C van Alten

Nov 2007 – Abdul Kara


Oct 1964 – Oct 1967 DH Wiid

Oct 1967 – Oct 1971 APJ van der Walt

Oct 1971 – Oct 1972 WJ Kotzé

Oct 1972 – Oct 1973 KO Househam (acting)

Oct 1973 – Oct 1976 WJ Kotzé

Oct 1976 – Oct 1979 J Webb

Oct 1979 – Oct 1980 DR Matravers

Oct 1980 – Oct 1984 NJH Heideman

Oct 1984 – Nov 1987 CM Mynhardt

Nov 1987 – Oct 1989 P Maritz

Oct 1989 – Oct 1991 JJ Conradie

Oct 1991 – Oct 1994 SD Maharaj

Oct 1994 – Oct 1996 JJ van den Berg

Oct 1996 – Oct 1998 NT Bishop

Financial Managers

Oct 1998 – Nov 2001 H Laurie

Nov 2001 – Oct 2003 NT Bishop

Nov 2003 – Nov 2005 F Bullock

Nov 2005 – Nov 2007 E Brüning

Nov 2007 – Nov 2008 Siu-Ah Ng

Nov 2008 – Nov 2009 P Sibanda (acting)

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Appendix 3: Editors / Assistant Editors of Notices

N Sauer 1969 – 1971

N Sauer / SJR Vorster 1972 – 1973

SJR Vorster / G Lemmer 1974 – 1975

G Lemmer / JJ Grobler 1976

G Lemmer / DCJ de Jongh 1977

DCJ de Jongh / DP Laurie 1978

DP Laurie / DH Martin 1979

DH Martin / G Naudé 1980 – 1982

G Naudé / I Broere 1983 – 1984

I Broere / WA Labuschagne 1985 – 1987

S Veldsman / GK Gerber 1988 – 1993

P Maritz / L van Wyk 1994 – 1996

L van Wyk / LR le Riche 1996 – 1997

P Maritz / PJ Witbooi 1999 – 2001

KJ Swanepoel / LE Labuschagne 2001 – 2004

LE Labuschagne 2004 –

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Appendix 4: SAMS Awards

For Research Distinction

1983 Hanno Rund

1984 RI Becker

1986 DS Lubinsky

1987 KA Hardie

1990 Niko Sauer

1992 APJ van der Walt

1994 GCL Brümmer

1995 JPL Knopfmacher

1996 JB Martin

1998 GFR Ellis

2002 PGL Leach

2003 H Prodinger

2004 Hong-Kun Xu

2005 M Henning

2007 BW Green

For the Advancement of Mathematics

1998 G Geldenhuys

2000 JH Webb

2002 WJ Kotzé

2003 JJ Grobler

2005 J C Engelbrecht

2007 NJH Heideman

2008 J Diestel

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Appendix 5: Distinguished Visitors

1972 Paul S Mostert

1973 KO Friedrichs

1974 AC Zaanen

1975 F Loonstra

1976 WN Everitt

1977 L Fuchs

1978 AR Mitchell

1979 PM Cohn

1980 WF Pfeffer

1981 PJ Hilton

1982 G Fichera

1983 S Zlobec

1985 J Rotman

1987 I Grattan-Guinness

1988 W Walter

1989 F Hirzebruch

1990 R Wiegandt

1991 JH van Lint

1993 HAM Dzinotyiweyi

1994 Z Artstein

1997 AO Kuku

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Appendix 6: Venues of Annual Congresses

University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 27 – 28 October 1958

University of the Witwatersrand, 26 – 27 October 1959

University of Cape Town, 24 – 25 October 1960

University of South Africa, 23 – 24 October 1961

University of Natal, Durban, 29 – 30 October 1962

CSIR, Pretoria, 21 – 22 October 1963

Rhodes University, 19 – 20 October 1964

University of Cape Town, 25 – 26 October 1965

University of Stellenbosch, 24 – 25 October 1966

University of South Africa, 23 – 24 October 1967

University of the Witwatersrand, 21 – 22 October 1968

University of Natal, Durban, 20 – 21 October 1969

University of Cape Town, 19 – 20 October 1970

CSIR, Pretoria, 25 – 26 October 1971

Rhodes University, 23 – 24 October 1972

University of South Africa, 22 – 23 October 1973

University of Stellenbosch, 28 – 29 October 1974

Rand Afrikaans University, 27 – 29 October 1975

Potchefstroom University for CHE, 25 – 27 October 1976

University of the Orange Free State, 24 – 26 October 1977

University of Pretoria, 30 October – 1 November 1978

University of Cape Town, 29 – 31 October 1979

University of Natal, Durban, 27 – 29 October 1980

University of Port Elizabeth, 26 – 28 October 1981

CSIR, Pretoria, 25 – 27 October 1982

University of the Witwatersrand, 31 October – 2 November 1983

Rhodes University, 29 – 31 October 1984

University of South Africa, 28 – 30 October 1985

Rand Afrikaans University 27 – 29 October 1986

University of Stellenbosch, 2 – 4 November 1987

National Kruger Park, organised by PU for CHE, 31 October –2 November 1988

University of the Orange Free State, 30 October – 1 November 1989

University of Bophutatswana, Mmabatho, 29 – 31 October 1990

University of Pretoria, 28 – 30 October 1991

University of Cape Town, 26 – 28 October 1992

University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, 25 – 27 October 1993

University of Port Elizabeth, 26 – 28 October 1994

University of Durban-Westville, 25 – 27 October 1995

University of the Western Cape, 4 November – 6 November 1996

University of Pretoria, 25 – 28 June, 1997

Rand Afrikaans University, 25 – 27 June 1998

University of the North, 7 – 9 July 1999

University of South Africa, 16 – 18 October 2000

University of Durban-Westville, 7 – 9 November 2001

University of Stellenbosch, 6 – 8 November 2002

University of the Witwatersrand, 3 – 5 November 2003

North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 1 – 3 November 2004

Rhodes University, 31 October – 2 November 2005

Free State University, 6 – 8 November 2006

University of Cape Town, 31 October – 2 November 2007

University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus, Durban, 5 – 7 November 2008

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Appendix 7: A Selection of Membership Numbers












































































































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Appendix 8: The 2004 SAMS Mission Statement and Constitution

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Appendix 9: Editorial Policy of SAMS ([132, p.67])

1. The Society shall publish the official publication called the Notices of the South African Mathematical Society. It shall also publish the international journal Quaestiones Mathematicae.

(a) The Notices publishes items of general interest to members of the Society, in particular policy documents of the Society and calls for nominations (for Council members, for presentations of the Society, etc.) It also publishes inaugural lectures, abstracts of unpublished research, bibliographic details of departmental publications and accepted theses, news of personal movement and conference announcements.

(b) Quaestiones publishes quality research papers from all fields of mathematical sciences that should, however, reflect research interests of the mathematical community in South Africa.

2. The actual production of the Notices and of Quaestiones is managed by the Managing Editors of these journals. The AGM of SAMS shall appoint the Managing Editor/s of the Notices and the Managing Editor/s of Quaestiones, on recommendation from the Council. Each appointment shall be for a fixed term determined by the Society. The Managing Editors of the Notices and Quaestiones shall be in charge of these publications under general guidance form the Society, represented, between Annual General Meetings, by the Council. When the term of a Managing Editor comes to an end, it is the responsibility of the Council and the outgoing Editor to find a suitable candidate for the office.

3. If a three quarters majority of the whole Council is convinced that a Managing Editor runs a journal in a way that is in breach with the Society rules, the Council can suspend this Editor from his/her duties and can co-opt an Acting Editor. The suspension shall last until the first Annual General Meeting following the suspension. The matter is then referred to the Annual General Meeting for a decision that shall be binding on all parties.

4. In consultation with the Council, the Managing Editor of Quaestiones shall appoint the Associate Editors of Quaestiones. The appointments shall be for a fixed term determined by the Council with a view to ensuring continuity in the Editorial Team.

5. The Editorial Board of Quaestiones shall consist of mathematicians of international standing, actively engaged in research and able to solicit and process a considerable number of high quality papers for publication. Each member of the Society shall have the right to propose new members of the Editorial Board with a view to ensure a major influence on scope, quality and coverage of the articles by the Society. The nomination forms shall be available in the Notices and on the SAMS web page. The nomination shall then be discussed between the Editors and the Council and when consensus is reached with regard to the suitability of the candidate, s/he will be invited to join the Editorial Board by the Managing Editor. Both the Council and the Managing Editor reserve the right to review from time to time the activities of members of the Editorial Board and take appropriate steps, including the termination of the appointment, should these activities be deemed unsatisfactory. Each member of the Editorial Board will become an Honorary member of the Society.

6. Financial matters are currently regulated by a contract with the Publisher (NISC). In the case of renegotiation of the contract or of signing of a new one, the Society shall be represented by the Managing Editor, the President and the Financial Manager. The Editors’ accounts for the Notices and Quaestiones shall be the responsibility of the SAMS Financial Manager office and will be subjected to an annual external audit.

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Appendix 10: Election of Council Members ([132, p.69], [125, p.101], [124, p.54])

SAMS Council: Description of Portfolios

President: The President shall provide leadership to the Society, and fulfil management functions. She/he is the Chair of Council, and oversees all portfolios on Council. She/he chairs the Annual General Meeting. She/he shall, through the Society espouse and promote the cause of Mathematics in South Africa.

Vice-President: The Vice-President shall be Acting President when the President is unable to fulfil her/his duties. The Vice-President shall be responsible for the awards of the Society.

General Secretary: The General Secretary shall take responsibility for the administrative function of the SAMS. She/he promotes communication between members of the Council and between the Council and the members of the SAMS. The General Secretary makes the arrangements for Council meetings and the Annual General Meeting, and writes the minutes of these meetings. She/he answers inquiries by members, students and other organisations, and organises the nominations for the award of the SAMS Bronze Medal for outstanding Honours students in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at South African universities. The correspondence of the SAMS as well as the filing of documents relating to the SAMS (including archival matters) goes through the office of the General Secretary. She/he shall administer the nomination process whenever there is a vacancy on Council.

Financial Manager: The Financial Manager shall have responsibility for the overall Management of the finances of the Society. She/he is expected to exercise leadership in this regard, beyond a bookkeeping role. The Financial Manager shall with the President, be the authorized signatory on the bank account of the SAMS. She/he is responsible for drawing up the annual budget of the SAMS, presenting it to Council and the AGM, and monitoring adherence to it. If the need arises, the Financial Manager may recommend to the Executive Committee of Council that emergency changes be made to the budget. Membership applications shall in the first instance come to the Financial Manager, who is empowered to grant it (only referring exceptional cases to Council). The Financial Manager is responsible for sending out membership renewal notices; for maintaining a database of paid-up members; for keeping accurate records of all the financial affairs of the Society, and for arranging an annual financial audit. The Financial Manager shall be empowered to form, with the Agreement of other members of the Executive, a Financial Management Team to assist her/him.

Scientific Activities: The Council member for Scientific Activities shall take responsibility inter alia for SAMS visitors, SAMS Conferences and Workshops, and SAMS publications. She/he is not expected to be the actual organizer in all of these activities, but if not should be actively involved at least to the extent of representing Council in these matters. Where there is no standing structure for a particular scientific activity within the SAMS the portfolio holder is expected to take the lead. She/he should keep records of all matters relating to the above and serve as Council’s memory on these matters.

Education: The Council member for Education shall represent the SAMS on Government bodies dealing with Mathematics Education. She/he shall be active in such aspects of Mathematics Education as are of interest to the SAMS. She/he shall oversee SAMS involvement in regional, national and international Mathematics Olympiads. She/he shall, in conjunction with the Council member for Scientific Activities, take a leading role in ensuring the representation of Mathematics Education at the annual Congress. She/he shall, in conjunction with the Council Member for Liaison, work with other international and Southern African societies involved in Mathematics Education.

Public Relations Officer: The PR Officer for SAMS is largely responsible for publicizing the Society and its activities as well as the field of Mathematics. On the one hand, publicising the Society involves increasing the public profile of the Society through appropriate activities. On the other, the PRO needs to be involved in initiatives that ensure the popularising of Mathematics. Both these duties will involve fundraising.

Liaison: The Council member for Liaison and Public Relations shall take responsibility for liaising with such other Mathematical Societies as the SAMS may wish to interact with: overseas (e.g. the AMS, MAA, SLAM, LMS, DMV, etc.) as well as African (e.g. the AMU) and Southern African (e.g. AMESA, SAMSA, ORSSA, SAARMSE, etc.). She/he shall take responsibility for the SAMS role in ICSU; and for reciprocity agreements of the SAMS. She/he shall be responsible for maintaining and updating of the WWW-site of the SAMS.

SAMS Council: Election Procedures

Election procedures, as amended by Council on 16 October 2000 are as follows (Notices 31(3), p. 101):

1. The nominations for the members of council together with a short CV of each nominee shall be published in the volume of the Notices which appears directly before the AGM takes place.

2. Together with the publication of the nominations a voting card will be included in that volume of the Notices.

3. The Secretary in cooperation with the Treasurer make sure that only those colleagues receive that volume of the Notices which are not in arrear with the membership fees.

5. For the election at the AGM and for the postal vote these voting cards are used.

6. Every paid-up Full Member of SAMS is eligible for nomination.

7. Election to Council shall be by majority of the votes at the AGM and the postal votes which have to be received by the Secretary before the AGM (and are opened only when the counting at the AGM begins).

8. For the election to Council two election officers are appointed by the Council in office.

Furthermore it was decided that the April issue of our Notices publishes a Call for Nominations for Council Members so that for the September issue just before the SAMS Congress the documents mentioned above are available.

Here are some practical aspects of the election process which have to be taken into account.

1. General:

a) It is the responsibility of the Council in Office to ensure that there are nominations for each of the 8 portfolios.

b) The Treasurer, in cooperation with the Secretary of SAMS, produce a list of those members of SAMS who have the right to vote, i.e. who have paid their fees up to the year 2003 before the AGM takes place. This list (voters roll) is published together with the list of nominees and their short CV’s, and the names and addresses of the two electoral officers. If colleagues pay their fees at the SAMS Congress the updated list is used.

c) In the event that there is any delay in the publication of the Notices the Council in office has to ensure that every member of SAMS is informed about the list of nominees, their CV’s and the updated voters roll.

2. Election method:

a) The election of Council Members is done by secret ballot at the AGM using voting cards. There, the letters with the postal ballots are opened.

b) At the AGM the names of the colleagues who want to vote is checked against the ‘voters roll’.

c) The voting is done for each portfolio separately, in the following order: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, education, development & public relations, liaison, scientific activities.

d) If there is only one nomination for a portfolio this nominee is elected automatically.

3. Postal Ballot:

a) Those who prefer to vote by postal ballot have to ensure that their letters which contain the 8 voting cards reach the Secretary at least 2 weeks before the AGM.

b) These letters which carry the name and the address of the voting member are not opened before the election at the AGM. The Secretary/Treasurer checks the names on these letters against the ‘voters roll’ for this election.

4. Voting cards:

a) For each portfolio there is a voting car.

b) The set of 8 voting cards is published in the Notices together with the list of nominees and their CV’s.

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Appendix 11 : Attendance register AGM, 1963, CSIR, Pretoria

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